They both look fabulous!
"For any of the millions of viewers who tuned in to watch season five of the fashion reality show, both looks couldn’t be farther from the nerdy wallflower the 28-year-old played on TV. But to hear Marshall tell it, her rebellious teens were actually the early signs of the budding designer within. “It was all about experimenting and realizing how you could project a totally different persona through what you wore,” she says. “I began to understand the importance of clothing."
"Since the final show five months ago, for which she produced a romantic collection of fan-pleated gowns and bubble skirts, Marshall has kept in touch with a handful of her castmates, including finalists Jerell Scott and Korto Momolu. Her only regrets are the few barbs she threw at her biggest rival, retro designer Kenley Collins."
"Now living in New York with her music composer boyfriend of two years, Marshall finally feels she’s ready to compete in the big leagues. Every penny of her TV earnings has gone toward her line, which she’s wisely renamed Leanne Marshall. Though contractually she’s prohibited from producing any of the looks she created for TV, the designer has moved forward with a predominantly organic spring ’09 collection, available on her website (Leannemarshall.com) and in stores such as Seaplane in Portland. “I know what I want,” she says, before hanging up the phone. Once again for Marshall, fashion speaks the loudest."
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Project Runway's newest winner, Leanne Marshall, gets down to business [ELLE]
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